On the 2nd November, the Lodge hosted a Sound Day, featuring a range of sound practitioners, including Frank Perry, Russell Stone, Anikira Solstice and Sounds Inspirational (Chris Sangster and Jackie Winsor). Entitled 'Sounding out the Temple', the intention was to create spiritual sound to fill the Temple dome, as part of the farewell ceremonies for the existing Temple, prior to its closure and subsequent rebuilding project in 2020 and 2021. Sounds varied from singing bowls to electronic tracks; chanting to a multi instrumental sound bath and also included an introductory talk on the instruments involved and a full meditation by the Lodge Mother, Jenny Dent.
Despite the bad weather, we had a very good turnout, with upwards of eighty people attending one or more of the events throughout the day. The free event welcomed donations, which amounted to well over £450, which has been added to the rebuild fund. The event finished with a group Aum in the temple to really 'sound out the Temple' – and the pledge for everyone to return in 2021/2022 to Sound IN the new Temple.
Thanks to all those who helped make this a successful event.
The Spirit of Australia
Let us introduce you to some of our Australian friends, members and group leaders.
Anna Hayward, whose base is at the New Lands Centre in England, spent the month of October in Australia, visiting friends in Melbourne, Victoria for a day retreat, and spending time at the temple at Maleny in Queensland.
Group leaders came from many parts of Australia for a facilitating workshop and retreat there, and this was followed by a retreat open to everyone on the subject of ‘Creativity as a Spiritual Path’. Anna says: ‘It was a joy to meet so many lovely souls on their spiritual journeys. To go to the other side of the world - just entering their spring - and to find there the same enthusiasm and love for White Eagle’s teaching was like a homecoming down under!
The last time I visited was for the opening of the temple there 29 years ago. The tropical vegetation has grown up significantly since then of course, creating lush surroundings to the temple and retreat house. What struck me most was the beauty inside the temple and retreat centre. Gay Robinson and Lyn Edwards, the mothers for the work in Australia, have created an especially lovely atmosphere with the colours, decoration, attractive touches and most importantly the true spiritual atmosphere of a welcoming, supportive love.
Rozita Hansen, our deputy Lodge Mother, will be visiting next year for their 30th Temple Anniversary, and I’m sure it will be time to treasure for all.’
White Eagle Retreats 2020
for more information. As a taster, the first retreats this year are:
'Astrology and the Five Great Laws'White Eagle School of Astrology Annual Gathering
Friday 15 to Monday 18 May (residents arrive on Friday evening andmay stay until Tuesday morning) We would particularly encourage students on our courses to attend; however, as always, everyone is welcome!
A Teacher for the New Age? Saturday 23 to Thursday 28 May led by Colum Hayward
'Walking in the Master's Footsteps' Saturday 11 to Wednesday15 July a retreat led by Rozita Hansen
'My Peaceful Place' - a shadow-puppet making workshop
On Sunday February 23, 2020, at 11.15am we have our Lodge Anniversary Service.
Following our 'bring and share' vegetarian lunch, at 1.30pm Hannah Hill will offer a workshop open to adults and children.
Hannah says: ‘After a short journey to our own 'peaceful place' in our imagination, you will have the opportunity to make a simple shadow puppet inspired by your meditation using recycled materials; then we will take it in turns to show our creation to the group from behind the screen, with shadow shapes and beautiful colours and textures shining through. A good opportunity for children to learn about meditation and for adults to reconnect with their playful and creative nature.’
'Prayer can be rather like a boomerang, flying out and coming back as swiftly. The fulfilling of your desire may not always bring you happiness or blessing, but it will anyway teach you a lesson. On the other hand, if you send out an earnest prayer, a thought, a belief in faith and trust, in confidence that God, the great penetrating and interpenetrating Spirit, knows your need and will answer your need, that is true prayer.'
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You can keep a link with White Eagle’s teaching through on-line social media as well as through the printed word.
Over half those who follow the page are from outside the UK with countries as diverse as Nigeria, Egypt and Japan well represented.
Because of its popularity we now post twice weekly. On Friday there is a thoughtful extended White Eagle quotation and many friends like to share this on their own Facebook page, so it is a lovely way to help spread White Eagle’s teaching and wisdom.
On Monday mornings we share an evocative reflection by one of the team at New Lands or in London (usually this is Jeremy Hayward) and this brings plentiful engagement from readers.Every post is accompanied by a photograph of the natural world at New Lands so we keep homely local colour as well as extending around the world!
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In this issue, the White Eagle teaching on 'The Sphere of Reunion' and 'Other Planets'. Also, articles on 'Impressions', 'Star Muscles', 'The Joyous Dance of the Divine Spirit' and further teaching, articles, poems, meditations and Readers Letters.
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